Ucrania - Ukraine’s trade unions ask president for protection against repressions

On 18 June 2015, Ukrainian trade unions denounced the repressions by the country’s security forces. They issued a statement asking President Poroshenko to take measures to stop the persecution of trade union leaders.
In the statement published by the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (KVPU), there was written: «The President of Ukraine, as a guarantor of the Constitution of Ukraine, should stop immediately the unconstitutional actions related to harassment on the part of security forces.» The union also called on Ukraine’s Attorney General to take immediate measures to punish those involved in the falsification of criminal cases, repression and persecution of trade union leaders.
Trade unions denounced, as well, the «legal incompetence» and «irresponsibility» of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), which on other occasions emerged, as well, in the persecution of KVPU and other trade union leaders, «showing signs of the formation of a totalitarian state». Inthis respect, trade unions appealed to foreign governments, asking them to hold Ukrainian authorities accountable for a lack of compliance with international law and standards.

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